Things you should know for the best Thailand holiday
Whether you experience the heady scent of jasmine in a glittering temple, listen to the waves gently lapping onto a pristine beach, take a raucous tuk-tuk journey through the streets of Asia’s most exciting capital, or sample exquisitely spiced cuisine, you’ll understand why a holiday to Thailand is so popular.
Things to do in Thailand (outside of Bangkok)
Here are some of the most popular travel spots outside of Bangkok:
- Kanchanaburi: World War II history
- Chiang Mai: sparkling temples and misty mountains
- Ayutthaya: UNESCO-listed heritage
- Sukhothai: ancient capital
- Phuket: Thailand’s largest island
- Krabi: Pretty islands and beach resorts
- Ko Phangan: Full moon parties
Best time for a holiday in Thailand
Thailand has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. The hot season lasts from March to May. This can be an extremely uncomfortable time of year to visit for those not used to the heat. The stifling weather finally gives way to rain with the onset of the monsoon season, which lasts from June to October. If you like dramatic weather conditions, tropical thunderstorms, and massive amounts of precipitation, take your Thailand holiday during this time. Otherwise, visit during peak season between November and February.
A Thailand beach holiday
No holiday to Thailand is complete without a stay on one of the country’s incredible beaches. From busy Phuket with its wide expanse of beaches to the more peaceful island of Koh Lanta, Thailand offers a selection of beaches just waiting to be explored on a beach holiday. The rugged Andaman coastline to the west is home to national parks and coconut plantations while the Gulf of Thailand offers stunning coral reefs and tranquil islands.
Experience Thailand’s towns and cities
Sip beer on Bangkok's Khao San Road, experience fantastic street food at one of the capital’s night markets, or haggle for handicrafts at the Chatuchak market. The nation’s capital is a place that never sleeps. But don’t forget that it’s not the whole of Thailand. Stroll around the more tranquil old town of the northern capital Chiang Mai, explore waterfalls and canyons from the northern hippie haven of Pai, or head south for verdant green hills and the freshest of air in Nakhon Ratchasima province’s Wang Nam Khiao district.
Things to remember
Stay in Thailand for any length of time and you will feel HOT! Take sunscreen, sunglasses, and, of course, some mosquito repellent. You’re going to need them. You may even choose to travel with a mosquito net as dengue fever and a number of other mosquito-borne diseases are still rife in Thailand. If you want to visit temples and other places of interest, remember to be respectful. Cover your shoulders and knees and try to look presentable. The Thai people will thank you for it.